Alcoa police think Subway robber is connected to other robberies in Blount County


ALCOA (WATE) – Police say a man suspected of robbing a Subway in Alcoa Monday could be connected to two other robberies in Blount County.

The first robbery happened at the Smokeyz Discount Tobacco on Airport Highway. Just two days later, another robbery happened at an Exxon on Sevierville Road. Subway on Topside Road in Louisville was robbed Monday morning.

The Alcoa and Maryville police departments are asking for your help to identify the man in the surveillance video.

It was a normal night at work for April Ramsey at Smokeyz Discount Tobacco, but around 7:30 p.m. on February 21, that all changed.Previous story: Alcoa police ask for community’s help in identifying Subway robber

“I heard the door ding and usually I’ll holler, ‘Hello.’ I hollered hello and nobody answered and next thing I know, somebody came behind me with the gun and demanding all the money, put the gun to my side and pushed me toward the register, demanded the money and kept telling me to hurry,” said Smokeyz Discount Tobacco Cashier April Ramsey.

Ramsey says their surveillance cameras aren’t working, but she says the man was wearing black and a motorcycle helmet similar to the man seen in video Maryville and Alcoa police received from an Exxon on Sevierville Road that was robbed just two days later.

“We go back and look at that video and just based on the way the suspects moving, his physical appearance, they way he’s dressed,” said Det. Kris Sanders with the Alcoa Police Department.

Det. Sanders says although the suspect didn’t have on a helmet during the Subway robbery, he stills thinks all three robberies are connected.

“The type of weapon that we see a lot of that matches up our other two robberies,” said Sanders.

Ramsey says she’s concerned about her safety and wants justice.

“I just wish he would get caught. Whoever it is, they need to pay for what they did. I mean you know they kind of took my sense of security from my job, and I love my job,” said Ramsey.

After these incidents, the Subway will no longer serve customers in their lobby past 11:30 p.m. The drive-thru will remain open 24 hours. Employees at Smokeyz Discount Tobacco are also locking their doors when it gets dark and only using their drive-thru until they close.

The suspect is described as a white man between the ages of 25 and 35. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, black boots and a black mask. If you recognize this man or have any information call Alcoa police at (865) 380-4715. You can remain anonymous.

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